Rising UFC star Joaquin Buckley said on Monday that he isn’t yet ready to give up his day job at Walgreens despite his burgeoning MMA career.
Buckley (12-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC), who collected $50,000 bonuses for his mid-air spinning back kick finish of Impa Kasanganay at UFC on ESPN+ 37, as well as his knockout against previously unbeaten Jordan Wright last week at UFC 255, isn’t planning on leaving his night shift at Walgreens just yet.
Buckley still wants to do his job
In an interview with TMZ Sports, he explained why the time isn’t right for him to leave Walgreens quite yet.
“Besides the UFC, and they give me these big checks, I still don’t have a business of my own, so I need to just keep working and still having that working mentality and work ethic, so I’m just gonna keep holding down the job,” Buckley told TMZ. “Now if I’m able to make a business for myself and start up a business for myself, which I think is a perfect opportunity to try and start right now.
“We are starting up a clothing apparel line, a solid foundation, so a lot of people can follow that on Instagram, @solidfoundation_shop. But besides that, we’re still gonna work at our Walgreens. Until my business is off the ground, we’re still gonna be working with Walgreens.”
Since losing his UFC debut to Kevin Holland by third-round technical knockout at UFC Fight Night in August, the 26-year-old Buckley has bounced back with two of the best knockout wins of the year. At UFC Fight Night in October, he beat Impa Kasanganay with a spinning back kick that helped him go viral and may very well be one of the greatest knockouts in MMA history. He followed that up at UFC 255 on Saturday by knocking out Jordan Wright with a vicious right hand in the second round.
How about THAT knockout from EVERY angle!? 😱
Joaquin Buckley is back at #UFC255 this Saturday! pic.twitter.com/Fx1eZZO1dv
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) November 19, 2020
As a result, Buckley has earned the Performance of the Night bonus in back-to-back fights ($50,000 each), and he is establishing himself as a must-see fighter.
Buckley previously worked for several other MMA promotions, including Bellator, and he now owns a career professional record of 12-3 with nine wins by way of knockout. It isn’t often that shoppers run into a celebrity at Walgreens, but if Buckley remains on his current path and continues to work at the drug store chain, it’s likely that more and more people will start to recognize him.
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